CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR UPCOMING MARRIAGE!
Starting July 7, 2021, in-person services are now available.
- Mondays and Wednesdays - Walk-in services available 9:00 am to 4:30 pm.
- Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays - Services available by appointment only.
Before applying for a marriage application, please answer the following question:
Do you have a scheduled officiant and a firm date for the ceremony?
If not, please note that at this time the fee for marriage licenses are non-refundable and the licenses have a 60-day expiration date for the completion of the ceremony from the date of issuance and cannot be extended.
If yes, please follow the steps below:
Complete the On-line Application
- At the time the marriage license is issued, there is a 3-day waiting period BEFORE you can get married
(Example: If we issue the license on Wednesday, you can get married the following Saturday)
- You have up to 60 days to get married after the 3-day waiting period is over
- The marriage license is only valid in Washington State
(it will not be valid if the ceremony takes place in any other state)
- Both parties must be present in our office by 4 pm to complete the application process (if either or both parties cannot be present, please see information regarding our notary packet option)
- Valid government-issued photo ID is required when you come in to apply
- Both parties will be required to provide their Social Security Numbers at time of payment.
I Want To...
Apply for My Marriage License by Mail (Notary Packet)
Application Fee - $72
- In office: cash, signed money order, cashier's check, personal check, or debit/credit card
(convenience fee will apply 2.5% for credit, $2 for debit)
- By mail: signed money order, cashier's check, or personal check
AFTER THE CEREMONY
Return your completed Certificate of Marriage in the envelope provided in your marriage packet to:
Clark County Auditor's
Marriage License Department
PO Box 5000
Vancouver WA 98666-5000
If you need certified copies of your certificate, complete the request form and provide payment (check, cashier's check, or money order) and mail in request.
If you need certified copies immediately, please call the Recording Office at 564-397-2208 to make arrangements.
Marriages are Public Record
All marriage records are a matter of public record and once it has been recorded, it cannot be "unrecorded." (Exception: only for those enrolled in the State's Address Confidentiality program). The local newspaper generally publishes applicants’ name and city of residence.